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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/02/2009

'Riffs Picks: From Tiger's 'Transgressions' to the Salahis' Confessions

From Escalade crashers to accused party crashers, here are today's top picks...

So this morning, Tiger Woods essentially admitted, in standard PR parlance, to affairs. And all my mind can go back to is what Tiger told me in the early '90s, when I asked him about his plans, his goals, his adolescent dreams. His confident reply: "I want to be the Michael Jordan of golf."

Judging by today's confession -- and I don't mean this as simply flip -- perhaps Tiger's soaked up and strived for more of the Jordan legend and lore than he even realized.

Although I'm too young to be Tiger's father, I feel a bit residually paternalistic toward Tiger, perhaps because we talked a little about Life years ago. Perhaps because Tiger's dad had lain a world of heavy expectation at Tiger's still-growing cleated feet. Perhaps because in high school, Tiger said he was viewed as "a wuss" by peers because his sport of choice was still deemed a country-club game. And perhaps because though he was wildly precocious inside the ropes -- watching a teen Tiger step onto the golf course was, maturity-wise, like watching "Moonlight" Graham step off the Iowa ballfield in "Field of Dreams" -- he seemed so utterly, vulnerably like a normal adolescent years before he would inherit a kingdom, of sorts, and all the warped gifts that come with it.

Now, however -- like his idol Jordan -- Tiger has fully entered that challenging midcareer, when years in the white-hot spotlight expose more of one's metasticized human flaws and foibles and temptations writ large. I sincerely hope Tiger, and his family, weathers it well and he further matures as a result. First, for his own sake. But also because just as a teen Tiger did, we need our heroes (be they underpaid teachers or overpaid athletes), flaws and all.

Now, less seriously -- because we still need the collective human release of openly laughing a little at the rich and powerful (a sure sign of a healthy community), here are today's Fave Five Picks, from the alleged state dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi (who to the media have given so much already) to the continuing Tiger Tale:

MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal Constitution):

BRUCE BEATTIE (Daytona News Journal):

STEVE BREEN (San Diego Union-Tribune):

JEN SORENSEN (Slowpoke Comics):

...Annnd No. 1, because the animated re-creation is so terribly cheesy that it's out-loud laughable:


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Categories:  The Morning Line, The Morning Line | Tags:  Bruce Beattie, Jen Sorensen, Michael Jordan, Mike Luckovich, Steve Breen, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, Tiger Woods

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